Alles nur nach Gottes Willen (Everything according to
God's will alone), BWV 72, is a church cantata by
Johann Sebastian Bach. He composed the cantata in his
third annual cycle for the Third Sunday after Epiphany.
The prescribed readings for the Sunday were taken from
the Epistle to the Romans, rules for life (Romans
12:1721), and from the Gospel of Matthew, the healing
of a leper (Matthew 8:113). The cantata text was
written by Salomon Franck, who was Bach's librettist
when they both worked for the ducal court in Weimar.
Franck published it in Evangelisches Andachts-Opffer in
1715, whereas Bach composed the music much later. Ihr,
die ihr euch von Christo nennet, BWV 164, is a
comparable example of Bach turning to a text by
Bach first performed the cantata on 27 January 1726. He
later used the opening chorus for the Gloria of his
Missa in G minor, BWV 235.
This, the first aria "With everything that I have and
am" (Mit allem, was ich hab und bin) begins immediately
with the voice, to ensure a connection between
recitative and aria, then follows an unusual
ritornello, a fugue with the two violins and the
Although originally scored for alto soloist, two oboes
and basso continuo, I created this arrangement for
Flute, Oboe, Violin & Cello.